Pitchfork Music Festival 2013: Photos and review

Pitchfork Music Festival 2013: Photos and review

[blue_box]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 was a huge success with its eclectic line-up that brought together all kinds of music fans at Union Park in Chicago, Illinois. Lead by headliners Bj√∂rk, R. Kelly, and Belle and Sebastian, each day saw some of the best upcoming and established acts taking the three stages sprawled throughout the spacious park. The festival weekend was in full summer mode with the extreme heat in the afternoon and slight drizzle in the evening. People were either busy shuffling around trying to catch the next performers or relaxing in their lounge chairs with sunglasses and barely there outfits. See below for some our favorite highlights of this year’s line-up.[/blue_box]



[blue_box]Post-punk rockers Swans has been around since the 1980s and clearly still has what it takes. Lead by Michael Gira who sang mic-less at one point, they exuded badass vibes from beginning to end of their set.[/blue_box]


Ryan Hemsworth


The Breeders

[blue_box]Alternative rockers The Breeders led by ex-Pixie Kim Deal played their iconic album Last Splash in a loose, but fun way. The album’s hit song “Cannonball” has been featured in movie trailers like the South Park movie. It was one of the best sounding sets of the second day.[/blue_box]



[blue_box]Solange did an amazingly entertaining set that had everyone dancing. Her songs are strangely addicting to the point that I’ve still got “Losing You” stuck in my head right now. Her flavor of pop, which is the kind that could make you sway and move unknowingly, and her amazing stage presence will no doubt turn her into a superstar of her own very soon.[/blue_box]


Belle and Sebastian

[blue_box]Belle and Sebastian did hands down our most favorite set of the entire festival. They served fans well by performing almost every fan favorite ever including “Another Sunny Day”, “If You’re Feeling Sinister”, “The Stars of Track and Field”, “Piazza, New York Catcher”, and believe it or not, many more. It started raining pretty heavily halfway through their set, but they soldiered on and put on an unforgettable show.[/blue_box]



[blue_box]We’re quite familiar with Foxygen‘s brand of showmanship, but they definitely took it to a whole new level at Pitchfork with vocalist Sam France even climbing the rafter (which was kind of worrying, but he jumped down pretty quickly). All in good fun.[/blue_box]


Blood Orange

[blue_box]Blood Orange is Dev Hynes, also known as Lightspeed Champion. He’s written songs for Solange, Florence and the Machine, and many others. He did a great, funky set with a special cover of Sky Ferreira’s hit song “Everything is Embarrassing”.[/blue_box]




Yo La Tengo


Sky Ferreira

[blue_box]Sky Ferreira gave it her all despite getting overwhelmed by the very warm welcome she received from the huge crowd gathered at the blue stage for her set. Blood Orange also returned on stage to sing “Everything is Embarrassing” with her. After her show, she stayed for a couple of minutes to take photos and interact with fans in the front row.[/blue_box]



[blue_box]Chairlift performed a couple of new songs and a lot of old favorites during their set including “Sidewalk Safari” and “Bruises”.[/blue_box]


Toro Y Moi

[blue_box]Chaz Bundick and company, also known as Toro Y Moi were all kinds of cool on the green stage playing favorites “Talamak”, “New Beat”, among many others. One thing I love about this band is how well they’re able to translate their electronic tunes live with a full band. They just sound so freaking great.[/blue_box]



[blue_box]M.I.A. brought the house down, truly, with her extravagant stage design and crazy tunes. She of course ended her set with hit songs “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls”.[/blue_box]


R. Kelly

[blue_box]R. Kelly saved everyone the wait and started his set with “Ignition”.He’s got a complicated reputation, sure, but no one can deny this guy’s talent. His voice was absolutely flawless and as a performer, he was just in top shape. A true crowd pleaser, he ended the set with “I Believe I Can Fly”.[/blue_box]

[white_box]This gorgeous leather bag may not look like it, but it’s a bad ass camera bag and I got quite a number of compliments on it during the entire festival. I just love it. (PSST… It’s the Brooklyn bag by ONA Bags.)[/white_box]
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